Intended for musicians and non-musicians alike, Graphic Scores: A Reader’s Guide provides a window on how to read and create your own graphic notation. A notational practice used by myself and other musicians for decades, graphic notation has traditionally provided a means for composers to communicate with musicians when requirements cannot be captured through standard western music notation. Often more freeing and driven by improvisation, graphic notation can communicate more complexity than traditional notation, incorporating non-rhythmic activity, dense textures, and information about what inspired the composition.
I have found these practices particularly important for communication with other artistic disciplines, including dance and theater. Often creating structure for a concert length performance with many people involved. This practice can reflect development of a language unique to a performance collective or improvisation group.
The preface for this book, The Known, explains some traditional music notation ideas that may be helpful to understand when exploring graphic scores for yourself. In chapter 1, The Less Known, I introduce some illustrative scores with guidance on interpretation. And Chapter 2, The Unknown, is a series of art prints of musical scores I have made over the years, several having been interpreted in a variety of contexts. I hope you will be inspired to play with and even record one or more of these scores in your own style. If you do, and would like to share your interpretations, please contact me at GraphicScoresbyNateTucker.com. Enjoy!
'Graphic Scores - A Reader's Guide' was written between 2018 and 2020. Digital release on 4/3/2020 and art print booklet release on 11/20/2020.
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